Chew on This: Mind Mapping
What it is:
My Mind Map:
Mind mapping was introduced to me by my friend Alfa when I was struggling with how to think of my GoErinGo blog. I wasn’t sure if it was a hobby or a budding business and how much time and resources to put into it.
The mind mapping exercise helped me think about GoErinGo as my playground, where I could experiment with writing and other creative ideas and form new friends – basically have fun! As such, it was more than a hobby (something to invest in), but still a place where I could push my own boundaries and allow myself free expression. This “playground” idea really helped me crystallize my thinking.
Mind Map Tools:
I downloaded some free mind mapping software to help me with the exercise, but free-hand drawing helped me think best – most intuitively. The drawing help me free associate and build the linkages between the ideas that I was trying to organize.
That’s really the gist behind mind mapping: to promote non-linear thinking about ideas and thoughts and feelings. It’s supposed to help you view your world through a new perspective. I think it works.
In fact, I’m undergoing another mind mapping exercise – this time to help me prioritize my personal life. I bought a new set of colored pencils, now if only inspiration would strike!
10 Tips to Get Going:
If you’re interested, Tony Buzan, author of several books on mind mapping, provides these guidelines for creating a Mind Map:
• Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
• Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your Mind Map.
• Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
• Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
• The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
• Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
• Use multiple colors throughout the Mind Map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
• Develop your own personal style of Mind Mapping.
• Use emphasis and show associations in your Mind Map.
• Keep the Mind Map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.
Tags: Mind Mapping
This entry was posted on Sunday, August 15th, 2010 and is filed under Erin Then.